Astoria Weekend Amusements (31 March-3 April, 2022)

Spring in Astoria means exotic plants, soul music, pioneer history, and gnomes and fairies. Right?


Variegata Exotic Plants Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Variegata Exotic Plants

Astoria’s Variegata Exotic Plants (285 W Marine Drive) is throwing a party during their Grand Opening Weekend on Thursday, March 31 from 11am-6pm.

Be sure to come by . . . at 1:00 PM for our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony! We will be giving away a Philodendron Silver Sword at 2:00 PM (must be present to win) and will announce other giveaways and sales as we get closer to the event. Light refreshments will be served following the Ceremony. We appreciate all of the support from our friends and community that we have received thus far, and can’t wait to celebrate with you! 

Read more on the Facebook event.

Thursday Night Lecture Series

Fort George Thursday Night Lecture Series

Join Zachary Stocks of Oregon Black Pioneers as he presents Ghosts of Beaver Hill: The Black Miners of Oregon’s Coal Coast in the Lovell Showroom (doors 6pm, talk begins at 7pm) at Fort George Brewery (1438 Duane Street).

In the 1890s, coal was king in Coos County, and Beaver Hill was the most productive mine of all. Today Beaver Hill is a ghost town, but new discoveries about its diverse workforce –which included perhaps 100 Black miners– are rewriting the history of early Oregon’s rural demographics and communities.

Read more on the Fort George Brewery website.


ntsayka ilii: our place

This is the last weekend (the exhibit ends Sunday, April 3) to catch the interpretive exhibit, ntsayka ilii: our place at the Astoria Visual Arts gallery (1000 Duane).

Using both historical and current  photographs, carvings, baskets and informational pieces, this program seeks to educate and raise public awareness of the contemporary issues facing the Chinook Indian Nation and their struggle for recognition, as-well-as highlight the historical significance of the Chinook peoples and Tansy Point.


Soul Tsunami Astoria

Merry Time Bar and Grill

Join DJ Jamey’s Soul Tsunami of Funk. RnB and Soul every 1st Saturday at the Merry Time Bar & Grill (995 Marine Drive), starting at 9pm.

Keep tabs on other events (comedy, trivia, live local music, etc.) all week at The Merry Time Bar & Grill on their facebook page. The Merry Time is your friendly neighborhood bar with great burgers, tacos, and daily specials. 14 taps featuring mostly local breweries, the largest pinball selection on the North coast, lottery, pool, big screen tvs for games, big buck hunter. Locally owned and operated, eclectic and welcoming to all.


Spring Maker’s Market

Celebrate spring with 22 regional vendors and their wares: head on out over the water on Sunday, April 3 from 11am-3pm for the Spring Maker’s Market, presented by the folks at Menagerie on Pier 39 (100 39th Street).

Take your photo with a gnome, plant seeds in egg cartons, make a paper plate mushroom at the activity table and hear the ukulele strolling through the market. Plus 94.9 The Bridge will be on deck for a live remote and special prize wheel. Plants & flowers, gnomes & fairies, mushrooms & critters. A nod to all things earthy-goodness.

Read more on the Facebook event.

March 27, 1964: Tsunami Hits Oregon Coast

Astoria, Oregon tsunami evacuation map

A tsunami struck the Oregon coast on the evening of March 27, 1964, following the great Alaskan earthquake, the one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded and largest ever recorded in North America. In Alaska nine deaths were attributed to the earthquake, but the tsunami took the lives of 106 Alaskans, and wreaked havoc across the Pacific.

The Oregonian reported the local damage on March 28, 1964:

Astoria – Some high water but no damage.
Depoe Bay – High water, wharf broke loose.
Point Adams Coast Guard Station – Coast Guard boats moved into the Columbia River to avoid high water
Newport – High water hit in two surges, but no damage
Florence – Siuslaw River rose eight feet in eight seconds. It tore loose at least four boats.

What they didn’t know until later was that four members of a family camping at Beverly Beach State Park were drowned in the waves. Further down the coast the citizens of Crescent City, California suffered the worst fate outside of Alaska, with twelve deaths attributed to the tsunami.

Be prepared for the inevitable next tsunami: find your town’s “Beat the wave” tsunami evacuation route map or create your own using the NANOOS evacuation zone map viewer.

Astoria Weekend Amusements (24-27 March, 2022)

Something for everyone this weekend! If you define everyone as someone who enjoys nature and beer, dance parties for kids, theater, and ukulele music. So yeah, everyone.


Thursday Talks: Nature Matters


Join Zechariah Meunier at the first in-person Nature Matters this season, as he presents Drivers of Change in Rocky Intertidal Communities in the Lovell Showroom (doors 6pm, talk begins at 7pm) at Fort George Brewery (1438 Duane Street).

The rocky coasts of the Pacific Northwest are home to an amazing array of animals and algae. However, changing oceanographic conditions threaten these iconic ecosystems and there is growing evidence that rocky intertidal communities are becoming more unstable, and some are experiencing regime shifts from one type of community to another. Recent research points to marine heatwaves, El Niño, sea star wasting disease, and the intensification of upwelling as leading factors causing these changes. In this talk, Zechariah Meunier will describe research that he and other ecologists from Oregon State University are conducting on the resilience of rocky intertidal ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest.

Read more on the Fort George Brewery website.



Poster for Art  by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton  Directed by Karen Bain  March 18th-26th

The Ten Fifteen Theater (1015 Commercial) presents the final weekend of the play Art by Yasmina Reza at 7:30pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 24-26.

How much would you pay for a white painting? Would it matter who the painter was? Would it be art? One of Marc’s best friends, Serge, has just bought a very expensive painting. It’s white, all white. To Marc, the painting is a joke, but Serge insists Marc doesn’t have the proper standard to judge the work. Another friend, Ivan, though burdened by his own problems, allows himself to be pulled into this disagreement. Lines are drawn and these old friends square off over the canvas. As their arguments become less theoretical and more personal, they border on destroying their friendships.

Tickets are $20 and available on the website or at the door. Masks and proof of vaccination required.


Kidstock 2022


Elevated Productions presents the 3rd Annual KIDSTOCK at Fort George Brewery (1483 Duane Street), 1-3pm outside on the patio.

What’s KIDSTOCK? It’s an electronic dance partyfor kids (and all-ages), DJed by J-Dub (check out his soundcloud to preview some tracks).


Astoria Ukulele Orchestra

Ukulele photo by Wemba - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

This sounds like a blast! The Astoria Ukulele Orchestra presents Not Your Average Orchestra: 23 songs in one hour at 4pm on Sunday March 27, 2022 at the Charlene Larsen Center for the Performing Arts (588 16th).

Come hear a dozen ukulele players perform songs from eight different decades. Rockabilly, jazz, country, R&B, grunge–we try everything!

Read more about the Astoria Ukulele Orchestra in Our Coast Magazine.

Tickets are $12 for adults, 18 and up. Kids are free! Proof of vaccination and masks required.

(Ukulele photo by Wemba – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0)